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Imperial Cities:
Berlin, Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Nuremberg by First Class Rail

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11 nights / 12 days
Inc. including 3 nights in Prague, Budapest and Vienna, with overnight stays in Berlin and Nuremberg

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Imperial Cities: Berlin, Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Nuremberg by First Class Rail​

Holiday Highlights

Discover some of Europe’s most attractive cities

Berlin is a fascinating city steeped in European history where the old and new contrast perfectly, from the brand-new Reichstag and Potsdamer Platz, the new centre of Berlin, to the Brandenburg Gate and Unter den Linden, once Berlin’s showcase boulevard.

Everywhere there are reminders of the city’s and Germany’s chequered past with the Jewish memorial, remains of the Berlin Wall and the famous border crossing site “Checkpoint Charlie”.

The magnificent city of Prague charms you with its lovely Old Town and its attractive squares and narrow streets.

Among the highlights of this beautiful city are the Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, the Josefov Jewish Quarter and Wenceslas Square.

The historic city of Budapest hosts attractive monuments including the Budapest Parliament, St. Stephen’s Basilica and the State Opera. Perhaps head for the Castle District with its narrow streets, old citizen houses and medieval atmosphere.

You might like to visit the Royal Palace which houses different museums and exhibitions.

The delightful Austrian capital of Vienna is steeped in European history and full of fascinating buildings within the inner ring of the city, along with the evocative ferris wheel synonymous with the film ‘The Third Man’.

The charming town of Nuremberg has an old town where you can see some of its numerous monuments and buildings, including the Kaiserburg and a host of fascinating museums.

11 night / 12 day holiday by First Class rail on daytime trains including 3 nights in Prague, Budapest and Vienna, with overnight stays in Berlin and Nuremberg from £1,595 per person (based on 2 people travelling together in low season).

Imperial Cities: Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 – London to Berlin

Your holiday begins as you enter stunningly restored St. Pancras International station, let the holiday mood take over as you board the service for the high-speed journey to Brussels in barely 2 hours.

Sit back and relax in your spacious Standard Premier Class seat and make the most of the light meal and drinks. 

On arrival in Brussels change trains and join the stylish Inter City Express (ICE) service to Cologne, here you board another Inter City Express service to Berlin Hauptbahnhof.

On arrival in Berlin make your own way on foot the short distance (700-800) metres to your overnight hotel, the stylish Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Mitte (4 star).

Day 2 – Free-time in Berlin – Berlin to Prague

You have the whole morning to explore Berlin’s main highlights with a whistle-stop tour, including the Reichstag, seat of the German government, Potsdamer Platz, the new centre of Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden, once Berlin’s showcase boulevard, the famous border crossing site “Checkpoint Charlie”, Alexanderplatz and its TV tower, and the poignant remains of the Berlin Wall.

You might also like to visit sights in former West Berlin including the Zoo, Kufürstendamm, KaDeWe (Germany’s largest department store) and Charlottenburg Palace.

Perhaps contrast the modern buildings of socialist-inspired Alexanderplatz with the shops and restaurants of the Kurfürstendamm.

This afternoon make your way on foot back to Berlin main station and board your Euro City service to Prague.

You journey south through central Europe to the wonderful city of Prague.

On arrival at Prague hl.n station make your own way to your hotel for the next 3 nights, the luxurious Appia Residence (4 star).

Why not take a stroll this evening to discover one of Prague’s welcoming restaurants for dinner?

Days 3 and 4 – Prague

You have two full days to experience the magnificent city of Prague.

Why not head for the lovely Old Town with its attractive squares and narrow streets?

Among the highlights of this beautiful city are the Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, the Josefov Jewish Quarter and Wenceslas Square.

In the evenings you might like to experience some of Prague’s vibrant nightlife and famous Pilsner beer.

Day 5 – Prague to Budapest

After breakfast make your way to Prague hl.n. Station (the city’s main station – not to be confused with Prague Holesovice) and bid farewell to Prague.

Here you board the Euro City service and travel south skirting the border of Slovakia to Budapest.

On arrival at Budapest-Keleti pu station make your own way to your hotel for the next 3 nights, the highly rated Palazzo Zichy Hotel (4 star).

Days 6 and 7 – Budapest

You have two whole days to explore this historic city; perhaps head for the Castle District with its narrow streets, old citizen houses and medieval atmosphere.

You might like to visit the Royal Palace which houses different museums and exhibitions or the Budapest Parliament which is home to the crown jewels.

There are wonderful views of the city from the panoramic terrace of St Stephen’s Basilica and also from Fisherman’s Bastion, where you can also visit Matthias Church with its mix of architectural styles or for the best views of the city head for Gellert Hill and the Citadel.

The neo-renaissance State Opera building is a pearl of Hungarian architecture and its lavish inner decoration reflects the elegance and splendour of former times.

Heroes Square sums up the history of Hungary, with its millennium memorial commemorating the 1,000th anniversary of the arrival of the Hungarians in the Carpathian Basin.

Day 8 – Budapest to Vienna

This morning after breakfast make your way back to Budapest-Keleti pu station where you board the Rail Jet service for your journey west to Austria and the wonderful city of Vienna.

On arrival at Vienna station make your own way to your hotel for the next 3 nights, the highly-rated and elegant family-run Hotel Kaiserhof (4 star), well-located in the centre of Vienna and with easy access to all the city’s principal attractions.

Days 9 and 10 – Vienna

You have 2 full days to explore Vienna and visit some of the buildings and monuments that tell the story of this delightful European city.

You might like to try and see the famous Spanish Riding School or head for Prater Park with its ferris wheel which featured in the film ‘The Third Man’ with Orson Welles.

Alternatively discover the magnificent Baroque Belvedere Palace and the grandiose buildings that line the ‘Ringstrasse’, the fascinating inner ring road that you can travel along by tram.

When you are ready for a break you should definitely try out one of Vienna’s traditional coffee houses to enjoy a Viennese coffee and cake.

Then there are attractions further afield such as the evocative Schonbrünn Palace.

Day 11 – Vienna to Nuremberg

Today after a leisurely breakfast make your way back to Vienna Westbahnhof to board the high-speed ICE service to Nuremberg, during your journey you may like to have lunch on board.

On arrival in this attractive city head for your overnight hotel, the highly-rated Melter Hotel & Apartments (4 star), ideally located near to the station and close to the heart of this fascinating city.

This afternoon you may have time to explore Nuremberg and walk into the charming old town to see some of its numerous monuments and buildings, including the Kaiserburg and a host of fascinating museums. 

This evening choose from an array of excellent restaurants for dinner.

Day 12 – Nuremberg to London – Homeward bound

This morning after breakfast make your way back to Nuremberg main station for the start of your journey home.
Firstly you travel on the high-speed ICE service to Frankfurt where you change trains and continue to Brussels aboard another stylish ICE train.

At Brussels Midi station make your way to the Eurostar terminal to board the Eurostar service.

Then let the train take the strain as you stretch out and savour the meal and drinks included in your Standard Premier service.

At 186mph the landscape is a blur at times, though memories abide as you return to London St. Pancras International and the final leg of your journey home.

Further information

Your recommended hotels

BERLIN 

The highly-rated Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Mitte (4 star) enjoys an excellent location close to Berlin’s Natural History Museum and the main station. The hotel has 139 comfortable, air-conditioned apartments with a modern design featuring flat-screen TV and soundproofed windows. The hotel benefits from an indoor pool and gym, local specialities and Australian cuisine are served in Restaurant Alto, as well as light snacks, breakfast buffets and a large selection of wines. Adina’s courtyard terrace is open in warm weather.

PRAGUE 

The Appia Residences (4 star) is nestled in the peaceful surroundings below Prague castle. The residence enjoys an excellent location – just a 5 minute walk from Charles Bridge and located next to the famous Nerudova street, which was once part of the Royal Route. Guests can relax in the romantic garden and enjoy a hot buffet breakfast served in the ancient breakfast restaurant which boasts unique roof beams. All 21 rooms have oak wooden floors and marble bathrooms. Each room is individually designed and reflects unique character, whilst the deluxe rooms overlook the garden. Free Wi-Fi is readily available throughout the hotel.  

BUDAPEST 

Located in the historic Palace Quarter in Budapest’s centre, Palazzo Zichy (4 star) is an historical building that was originally designed and constructed in the 19th century and served as the residence of a famous Hungarian noble, Count Nandor Zichy. This highly-rated hotel offers 80 spacious, air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi access, laptop-size safes, a work desk, and a bathroom with a hairdryer. This stylish hotel also benefits from its own bar, sauna and fitness centre, which are available free to guests. Coffee, tea and mineral water are provided free of charge in the lobby until 5pm.

VIENNA 

The traditional, highly-rated Best Western Premier Hotel Kaiserhof (4 star) is located in a quiet side street in the centre of Vienna, only a few minutes walking distance from the magnificent Ringstrasse and Vienna State Opera, as well many fine restaurants, bars and cafes. This smart hotel has been run by 8 generations of the same family since it opened in 1896. It prides itself on its rich tradition, attention to detail and friendly service, which is why it is not surprising that so many of today’s visitors keep coming back. All of the 74 comfortable en-suite rooms at this elegant hotel are warmly decorated and represent a stylish blend of turn-of-the-century architecture and modern amenities. They all feature air conditioning, a flat-screen satellite TV, a multimedia docking station, a minibar, a tea and coffee maker, and a bathroom with a hairdryer and a make-up mirror. The hotel also benefits from its own wellness centre and spa with sauna, steam bath and fitness room, as well as an internet corner. In the morning a rich Viennese breakfast buffet is served. Drinks and snacks are served at the elegant and tranquil bar and in the winter garden.

NUREMBERG 

Situated in the city centre, 450 metres from Nuremberg’s Old Town and 550 metres from the main station, Melter Hotel & Apartments (4 star) promotes itself as a neighbourhood hotel and boasts air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant and fitness room. All of the spacious and comfortable rooms have a flat-screen TV and some include a seating area for your convenience. Every room comes with a private bathroom fitted with a shower, free toiletries and a hairdryer are also provided.

Departure dates

Throughout the year and tailor-made to suit your holiday needs

Holiday duration is 12 days

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